27 Songs, 1 Hour 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This recording of Paul Simon’s celebratory 2012 London concert is notable for including most of his landmark 1986 album, Graceland. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s rousing harmonies light up “Homeless,” while many of the album’s original players from South Africa re-create the springy rhythms and exuberant instrumentation. On other career highlights, Simon is upbeat (“Kodachrome”) and playful (“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”), while the crowd echoes his haunting acoustic rendition of “The Sound of Silence” until it sounds like a hymn.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This recording of Paul Simon’s celebratory 2012 London concert is notable for including most of his landmark 1986 album, Graceland. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s rousing harmonies light up “Homeless,” while many of the album’s original players from South Africa re-create the springy rhythms and exuberant instrumentation. On other career highlights, Simon is upbeat (“Kodachrome”) and playful (“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”), while the crowd echoes his haunting acoustic rendition of “The Sound of Silence” until it sounds like a hymn.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
UCD Brian M. ,

Simon delivers to the best of his ability

Huge Paul Simon fan.

This recording captures his genius showmanship and incredible arrangement, which lends the music his patented sophistication. But as any Simon fan has surely noticed, his voice is leveling out with age and the recording quality here doesn’t help him out much.

To paraphrase Yoda, “when 900 years you reach, look as good you will not.”

The real value to the recording is weight of the moment - the celebration of Graceland, with many of its original players, before a live audience. For that alone, this is well worth the purchase fan for any Paul Simon fan, but in general it does not surpass the liveliness of the 1990’s Concert in the Park album which includes Hugh Masekala (featured here) AND the incomparable Miriam Makeba <3!!

SUFI ,

good reinterpretations

Pretty good, but this practice of charging for "introductions" is absurd.

Fine music. Fine band.

The best is the live "Graceland" stuff and a great interpretation of "The Sounds of Silence."

Stan the man!!! ,

Stan the music man unusual

I recently saw Art Garfunkle & I saw Paul Simon on the Graceland tour. Paul was awesome, art not so much!!!!!!

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